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Kevin Seidule
Zoom H4n Limiting Problem (?)
on Jun 21, 2014 at 7:08:28 pm

I looked for an appropriate forum, and it looks like these questions are posted here - apologies if this is not the correct place for this question - I couldn't find a "Zoom" or a "Sound" forum.

I have a Rode NTG-3 running direct via XLR into channel 1 of the Zoom H4n. The recording shows up on both channels (which is what I want). The Zoom is set to use 48+ phantom power. I am using the AC Adapter on the Zoom.

I have no problems with the quality. I was seeing if I could record decent sound at a higher input level to something like -3DB without distortion.

As I increased the Zoom input level, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and so on, I noticed the input level meter on the front of the Zoom was pegged at-6DB. I brought this into Audition and sure enough, the sound is pegged to -6db no matter what the input level is. I checked the H4n settings and everything obvious on the Zoom is off - limiters off, compression off, etc, etc.

Is this normal behavior for the Zoom H4n?

I feel like I am missing something obvious here.

Thank you in advance for your answer.

My Best,

Kevin - not a sound guy. :)

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Mike Smith
Re: Zoom H4n Limiting Problem (?)
on Jun 24, 2014 at 11:48:08 am

There is an audio pros forum

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Kevin Eugene
Re: Zoom H4n Limiting Problem (?)
on Jun 25, 2014 at 4:40:52 am

Thank you Mike. I'll post over there.



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Tim Neighbors
Re: Zoom H4n Limiting Problem (?)
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:57:57 am

Is "Level Auto" turned off in the Input settings?

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